Friday, March 23, 2018
12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Meeting Attendee: $25

Valeria Gordan (University of Florida, Gainesville, USA), Joseph Riley (University of Florida, Gainesville, USA), Deborah McEdward (University of Florida, Gainesville, USA) 

Supported by: National Dental PBRN, National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research

This Luncheon Symposium combines the features of a traditional symposium with the hands-on features of a "lunch and learn" session. The Symposium focuses on engaging academicians, clinicians, dental office staff, patients, dental students, and representatives of dental associations, in discussion on integration of medical care into dental practice. Participants will have the opportunity to 1) discuss how integration would benefit both practices and patients improving patient care and 2)  assess anticipated barriers in the process. Cross discipline discussion should encourage all stakeholders to increase engagement in the integration process. 

The Symposium includes 1) a brief welcome and session overview by Dr. Valeria Gordan, South Atlantic Region Director and organizer of the event; 2) an opening speech celebrating the launching of NIDCR 2030 goals by Dr. Martha Somerman, NIDCR Director; 3) a brief orientation about the National Dental Network by Dr. Gregg Gilbert, Network Director; and 4) three presentations by experts in topics that overlap medicine and dentistry. The presentations will be followed by interactive sessions at tables of 8-10 participants, each discussing completed and anticipated Network studies, and implications for medical/dental interaction with practitioners and patients. Each table will bring together dental practitioners, faculty researchers and clinicians and other stakeholders, in order to build collaborations and identify common issues and strategies. A panel composed of speakers, researchers, clinicians, physicians, and patient representatives will discuss important issues in the integration and the role of the Network research in the process. The ultimate goal is to identify strategies to improve the effectiveness of the Network toward achieving its goals of empowering collaboration among practitioners, clinical researchers, and other stakeholders, to expand medical/dental integration and improve patient care and outcomes.

Learning Objective 1: Educate participants about past and future Network studies involving the integration of medicine and dentistry.

Learning Objective 2: Engage all stakeholders involved in the delivery of patient care in discussion with academicians and researchers.

Learning Objectives 3: Develop knowedge about National Dental PBRN strategies to engage clinicians and patients in the dissemination and implemention of study results into clinical practice and improve the collaboration between practitioners, academicians and patients in order to maximize the network’s impact on dentistry and patient care.


  1. NIDCR 2030 Goals, Martha Somerman (National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md., USA)
  2. HPV: Risk Factors, Epidemiology and Addressing the Topic with Patients, Gyspyamber D'Souza (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Md., USA)
  3. Results of the ROC Study, Donald Rindal (HealthPartners, Minneapolis, MN, USA)
  4. Results of the Management of Risk Assessment Study in Dental Offices, Elizabeth Shenkman (University of Florida, Gainesville, USA)